Orocobre Limited Board


Robert Hubbard


Non-Executive Chairman

Robert was appointed a Director in November 2012 and appointed Chairman in July 2016. Robert is also a Non-Executive Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited and Chairman of Healius Limited.

Robert was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 20 years until 2013. During his time as a PwC partner, he served as auditor and adviser for some of Australia’s largest resource companies with activities throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea, West Africa and South America.

Robert is currently Chair of the People and Governance Committee and Related Party Committee. He is also a member of the Sustainability committee.

Martín Pérez de Solay


Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Martín was appointed to the Orocobre Limited Board as Managing Director on 18 January 2019. At the same time, Martín formally commenced his duties as Chief Executive.

Martín is a qualified industrial engineer with a career spanning engineering, operational improvement, banking, finance and executive management. Prior to joining Orocobre Limited, Martín was the President and CEO of Petroleos Sudamericanos, an oil and gas producer operating in Argentina and Colombia. Martín joined Petroleos Sudamericanos in 2011 and since that time has established new operations, acquired assets, led major stakeholder management initiatives and was responsible for implementing a significant operational improvement programme responding to the falling oil price.

Prior to 2011, Martín was CFO and head of Corporate Development of GeoPark, a successful oil and gas operator with assets in Argentina and Chile. Martín was a key member of the Geopark executive team that established its asset base and subsequently listed the company on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).

Martín joined Geopark from Citigroup where he had spent a decade in the institutional, corporate and restructuring activities of the bank, importantly through the difficult economic times at the turn of the century.

Martín is a qualified industrial engineer from the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires and has completed management programmes at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard and Austral University, Argentina.

Richard Seville

RICHARD P. SEVILLE  (BSc (Hons) Mining Geology, MEngSc Rock Engineering, MAusIMM, ARSM)

Non-Executive Director

Richard is a mining geologist and geotechnical engineer and has over 35 years’ experience in the resources sector including 25 years as either Managing Director or Executive Director of various ASX, TSX or AIM listed companies.

Richard managed Orocobre Limited’s growth from an explorer to become a successful producer of lithium carbonate at the Olaroz Lithium Facility, the first new major producer from brine in 20 years. Richard was instrumental in negotiating the Toyota Tsusho Joint Venture in 2010.

After 12 years at the helm Richard stepped down from the position of Orocobre Limited’s Managing Director CEO in January 2019, a position he had held since pre-IPO. He remains on the Board as a Non-Executive Director.

He is a graduate of Imperial College London and James Cook University in North Queensland and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Mining Geology and a Master of Engineering Science in Rock Engineering.

In June 2019 Richard was appointed Chairperson of Agrimin Limited, an Australian fertiliser development company. In November 2019 Richard became a Non Executive Director of ASX100 mining company OZ Minerals which is a copper-focused, global, modern mining company based in South Australia.

Richard is Chair of the Sustainability Committee and a member of the Related Party Committee.

John Gibson

JOHN W. GIBSON, JR.  (BSc Geology, MSc Geology)

Non-Executive Director

John was appointed a Director in March 2010. John is a recognized leader in the technology, environmental, and energy sectors with more than 30 years of global energy experience. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Flotek Industries (NYSE: FTK), a company providing infrared technology to characterize flowing hydrocarbons as well as innovative chemistry to improve recovery for hydrocarbon producers.  Immediately prior he served as Chairman, Energy Technology for Tudor, Pickering, Holt Company – an energy focused investment and merchant bank headquartered in Houston, Texas.

John was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Tervita Corporation, a major Canadian environmental and oil field services company. Prior to joining Tervita, John served as Chief Executive Officer of an enterprise software solutions company serving oil and gas industry clients and has held senior positions with the Halliburton Group of Companies, most recently as President of Halliburton’s Energy Services Group. John is a Director for Bluware Inc. and a member of the University of Houston Energy Advisory Committee, visiting committee of the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, and the National Board of KickStart Kids.

John holds a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University and a Master of Science from the University of Houston and is a member of several professional societies.  John is a member of the Audit Committee, the Related Party Committee and the Sustainability Committee.

 Fernando Oris de Roa

FERNANDO ORIS DE ROA (MPA, Harvard Kennedy School of Government)

Non-Executive Director

Fernando was appointed a Director in June 2010. Fernando is a highly successful business leader with a history of developing and operating large enterprises within Argentina and has a reputation for upholding integrity and social responsibility in his business practices. He began his career in 1970 with large trading company Continental Grain, working in the USA, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil and Argentina eventually rising through the ranks to be responsible for all of Latin America.

As Chief Executive of S.A. San Miguel, Fernando was widely credited with turning the company into the largest and most profitable lemon products company in the world. The process of restructuring included listing S.A. San Miguel on the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange in 1997.

Fernando was Chief Executive and significant shareholder of Avex S.A. from 2004 to 2012. He has also held the role of Director of Patagonia Gold Ltd. He holds a Master of Public Administration from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Fernando was appointed as Ambassador of Argentina to the United States serving during 2018 and 2019.

Fernando is a member of the Audit Committee and the Related Party Committee.

Federico Nicholson


Non-Executive Director

Federico was appointed a Director in September 2010. Federico has been a member of the Board of Ledesma, a diversified Argentine agro-industrial producer since 1991 until September 2018, also serving as Executive Director until June 2014.

He was Chairman of CEADS (Consejo Empresario Argentino para el Desarrollo Sustentable), an Argentinian local division of WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development), President of Argentine North Regional Center and President of Chacra Experimental Agricola Santa Rosa for 19 years respectively, Vice President of the Argentine Pulp and Paper Association, Deputy Secretary of the Food Industries Association, and Vice President of the Argentine Corn Starch and Syrups Chamber, Vice President of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA) for fourteen consecutive years (1999 – 2013), and President of the National Industrial Movement.

He is currently President and main shareholder of La Payana SA, a company that produces cattle, grains and pigs in the Province of Buenos Aires.

Federico is a lawyer graduated from the National University of Buenos Aires.

Federico is a member of the People and Governance Committee, the Related Party Committee and the Sustainability Committee.

Leanne Heywood


Non-Executive Director

Leanne is an experienced ASX non-executive director, Audit and Risk committee and Nominations and Remuneration committee chair with broad general management experience gained through an international career in the mining sector, including 10 years with Rio Tinto.

Her experience includes strategic marketing, business finance and compliance and she has led organisational restructures, disposals and acquisitions. Additionally, she has had significant experience in complex cross-cultural negotiations and international customer and stakeholder relationship management (including governments, communities and investment partners).

Leanne holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Charles Sturt University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and CPA Australia.

Leanne was appointed a director in September 2016 and is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Related Party and People and Governance Committees.

Masaharu Katayama


Non-Executive Director

Masaharu was appointed a Director in April 2018 following the strategic placement of Orocobre Limited shares to Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC), under the terms of which TTC is entitled to appoint a representative to the Orocobre Limited Board of Directors (see ASX announcement 16 January 2018).

Masaharu’s experience includes risk management, resource development and marketing strategy development with exposure to a variety of industries throughout India, Canada, Morocco, France, Vietnam and Japan.

Masaharu holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Kobe University. He has been working for TTC since 2005 and is currently COO for Metal Resources SBU Metal Division.

Neil Kaplan


Chief Financial Officer & Joint Company Secretary

Neil joined Orocobre Limited and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2013 and Company Secretary in July 2013. Neil is a Chartered Accountant and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Company with over 25 years of experience in managerial and finance positions obtained on four different continents.

Neil’s experience in the resources sector was attained working in executive financial roles for Glencore and formerly TSX listed company Coalcorp Mining, both based in Colombia. Neil holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and is a member of both the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) and South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

Rick Anthon


Corporate Development Manager, General Counsel & Joint Company Secretary

Rick joined Orocobre Limited in 2015. Rick is a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in both corporate and commercial law practicing exclusively in the resource sector. He has worked both as a Director and adviser to numerous resource companies and has extensive project planning, acquisition and development, capital raising and corporate governance skills.

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